"I was a Co-ed": Female Students Rebel at Graduation


In her memoir recounting her time at Dickinson, Elizabeth Low remembers an instance in which female students rebeled at graduation and wore white. Prior to the rebelion, and much to the chagrin of many female students, all students were required to wear black gowns at graduation. Low, like other early women at Dickinson, detested the requirement. However, she was forced to wear the color to her own graduation.

Upon returning to Dickinson, she explained that much had changed. She wrote, "When I returned for my A. M. degree and saw the girls in white graduating dresses, I was thrilled. I knew they were doing things their own way. Even as freshmen, they were different, more independent and sure of themselves."

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